GPS District Digest

Stories, news and updates from Greenwich Public Schools

North Mianus School Named 2019 National Blue Ribbon School

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized North Mianus School as one of 362 schools named to the list of National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. North Mianus School Principal Angela Schmidt said, “I am proud of our incredibly talented staff who always put children first. Our school’s diverse community of learners has a strong support system of dedicated and enthusiastic teachers and an active network of parent volunteers. Together, we celebrate this exciting accomplishment.”

GHS students recognized in National Merit Scholar Program

Forty-five Greenwich High School students have been recognized in the 2020 National Merit® Scholarship Program, an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships, based on their Preliminary SAT/National Merit® Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) scores. Fourteen students were semifinalists who will have an opportunity to continue in the Merit Scholarship® competition and advance to Finalist standing, and thirty-one students were recognized as Commended Students. Additionally, it was just announced that nine students were recognized in the National Hispanic Recognition Program. These students scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT® test takers in the region.

Congratulations to all of our students, and to the recently announced National Hispanic Recognition Program students:

  • Nicolas Araujo
  • Dylan Camacho
  • Jessica Franco
  • Melanie Leguizamon
  • Nicole Manrique
  • Kate Ochoa
  • William Owens
  • Chiara Rissola
  • Andres Ruh
Group photo of a portion of GHS National Merit Scholar Recipients

Alice in Wonderland at Cos Cob School

On Monday at Cos Cob School, the Spark Movement Collective performed a modern-twist on the classic story of Alice in Wonderland; her trip down the rabbit hole landed her in New York City, surrounded by tourists, technology and plenty of new sites. Students at the 3rd-5th grade performance were invited onto the stage to dance with the performers. Additionally, students took part in a "Tea Party," following the production. At the tables, students who read Alice in Wonderland over the summer completed Playing Cards where they wrote about a character from the story and decided which School Norm the character was or was not following and supported it with text evidence. Students created these playing cards in the Maker space at school.
A collage of photos from Cos Cob School's Alice in Wonderland assembly

GHS students promote kindness and connectedness

Greenwich High School students in the Roots and Shoots Club organized "Start With Hello," a week-long program that teaches students to make a difference with their peers in a simple, fun, and impactful way. They take small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and inclusion, and to identify and help lonely students who are showing signs of social isolation. This is an initiative through our partnership with Sandy Hook Promise.
A collage of photos from GHS Starts with Hello Week including students and teachers filling out cards of appreciation for friends and colleagues

National Custodial Worker Appreciation Day is Approaching!

Did you know that October 2 is National Custodial Worker Appreciation Day? At Greenwich Public Schools we are grateful to have a custodial team that is dedicated to our students and staff, providing support and care for our buildings and so much more. Many of them go beyond the call of duty, including searching for accidentally discarded personal items. As shown in the picture, Western Middle School Custodians Ramon and Craig searched and found a lost retainer. Next week on October 2, and every day, we hope you take a second to thank our custodial team for their great work!

Board of Education Business Meeting Recap

Last week on Thursday, September 19, the Board of Education convened for a Business Meeting at New Lebanon School. Agenda items included: a welcome message from New Lebanon's Principal Ms. Bartholomew, comments from the public, ratification of the Greenwich Education Association contract and more. The Board of Education posted meeting minutes and a video recording of their session.

Projects Update

Central Middle School Field Update

Over the summer, following testing, the soil was deemed safe and now the design team is back to work preparing options for the Board of Education to consider in the very near future. At this time, the Board of Education has not yet made a decision on any potential changes or updates to the Central Middle School Fields. The Board of Education will look at all the options available, and staff will work to fully understand field usage to ensure proper decision making. Stay tuned for additional details and future Board of Education Meeting Agendas.

Upcoming events across the District

Be Here - Persevere Day (Social & Emotional Learning Event) ** WEAR PURPLE! **

Fri., Sept. 27 • Various times
Schools across the district

Support Greenwich Alliance for Education at Cos Cobber

Thurs., Oct. 3 • Lunch & Dinner

Cos Cobber Restaurant

*Enjoy lunch or dinner and 10% of all proceeds will benefit Alliance programs for Greenwich Public School students and teachers

Greenwich Color Run

Sat., Oct. 5 • 9:00am

International School at Dundee

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